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NFL Draft Results 2014: List of Grades for Overall Performance by Each Franchise

Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round draft pick Mike Evans, center, holds up his jersey with general manager Jason Licht, left, and head coach Lovie Smith, right, after a news conference Friday, May 9, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. Evans, a wide receiver from Texas A&M, was the seventh player chosen. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

It's logical to assume that the 2014 NFL draft is over because there is no event on television where picks are announced and talent is added to rosters, but even with the ceremony over, things have just gotten started. 

Now is when players start arriving at the facilities of their new teams to begin work on fulfilling the potential that comes with being a draft pick, whether it is in the first round or seventh round. 

Even though final grades won't be known in this draft for a few years, assessing the picks based on value and need is easy. Some have become more proficient than others, which usually separates the playoff contenders from the pretenders and bottom feeders. 

Here are grades for the draft, as well as a closer look at key notes coming out of the weekend's festivities. 

 

Arizona Cardinals (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
127Deone BuchannonSSWashington State
252Troy NiklasTENotre Dame
384Kareem MartinDENorth Carolina
391John BrownWRPittsburgh State
4120Logan ThomasQBVirginia Tech
5160Ed StinsonDEAlabama
6196Walt PowellWRMurray State

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Atlanta Falcons (Grade: C+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
16Jake MatthewsOTTexas A&M
237Ra'Shede HagemanDTMinnesota
368Dezmen SouthwardFSWisconsin
4103Devonta FreemanRBFlorida State
4139Prince ShemboOLBNotre Dame
5147Ricardo AllenCBPurdue
5168Marquis SpruillILBSyracuse
7253Yawin SmallwoodOLBConnecticut
7255Tyler StarrOLBSouth Dakota

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Baltimore Ravens (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
117C.J. MosleyILBAlabama
248Timmy JerniganDTFlorida State
379Terrence BrooksFSFlorida State
399Crockett GillmoreTEColorado State
4134Brent UrbanDTVirginia
4138Lorenzo TaliaferroRBCoastal Carolina
5175John UrschelOGPenn State
6194Keith WenningQBBall State
7218Mike CampanaroWRWake Forest

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Buffalo Bills (Grade: C+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
14Sammy WatkinsWRClemson
244Cyrus KouandjioOTAlabama
373Preston BrownILBLouisville
4109Ross CockrellCBDuke
5153Cyril RichardsonOGBaylor
7221Randell JohnsonOLBFlorida Atlantic
7237Seantrel HendersonOTMiami

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Carolina Panthers (Grade: C)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
128Kelvin BenjaminWRFlorida State
260Kony EalyDEMissouri
392Trai TurnerOGLSU
4128Tre BostonSSNorth Carolina
5148Bene BenwikereCBSan Jose State
6204Tyler GaffneyRBStanford

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Chicago Bears (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
114Kyle FullerCBVirginia Tech
251Ego FergusonDTLSU
382Will SuttonDTArizona State
4117Ka'Deem CareyRBArizona
4131Brock VereenFSMinnesota
6183David FalesQBSan Jose State
6191Pat O'DonnellPMiami
7246Charles Leno Jr.OTBoise St.

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Cincinnati Bengals (Grade: B-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
124Darqueze DennardCBMichigan State
255Jeremy HillRBLSU
388Will ClarkeDEWest Virginia
4111Russell BodineCNorth Carolina
5164AJ McCarronQBAlabama
6212Marquis FlowersOLBArizona
7239James WrightWRLSU
7252Lavelle WestbrooksCBGeorgia Southern

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Cleveland Browns (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
18Justin GilbertCBOklahoma State
122Johnny ManzielQBTexas A&M
235Joel BitonioOTNevada
371Christian KirkseyOLBIowa
394Terrance WestRBTowson
4127Pierre DesirCBLindenwood

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Dallas Cowboys (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
116Zack MartinOTNotre Dame
234Demarcus LawrenceDEBoise State
4119Anthony HitchensOLBIowa
5146Devin StreetWRPittsburgh
7231Ben GardnerDEStanford
7238Will SmithOLBTexas Tech
7248Ahmad DixonSSBaylor
7251Ken BishopDTNorthern Illinois
7254Terrance MitchellCBOregon

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Denver Broncos (Grade: B-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
131Bradley RobyCBOhio State
256Cody LatimerWRIndiana
395Michael SchofieldOTMichigan
5156Lamin BarrowOLBLSU
6207Matthew ParadisCBoise State
7242Corey NelsonOLBOklahoma

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Detroit Lions (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
110Eric EbronTENorth Carolina
240Kyle Van NoyOLBBYU
376Travis SwansonCArkansas
4133Nevin LawsonCBUtah State
4136Larry WebsterDEBloomsburg
5158Caraun ReidDTPrinceton
6189T.J. JonesWRNotre Dame
7229Nate FreeseKBoston College

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Green Bay Packers (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
121Ha Ha Clinton-DixFSAlabama
253Davante AdamsWRFresno State
385Khyri ThorntonDTSouthern Miss
398Richard RodgersTECalifornia
4121Carl BradfordOLBArizona State
5161Corey LinsleyCOhio State
5176Jared AbbrederisWRWisconsin
6197Demetri GoodsonCBBaylor
7236Jeff JanisWRSaginaw Valley St.

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Houston Texans (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
11Jadeveon ClowneyDESouth Carolina
233Xavier Su'a-FiloOGUCLA
365C.J. FiedorowiczTEIowa
383Louis NixDTNotre Dame
4135Tom SavageQBPittsburgh
6177Jeoffrey PaganDEAlabama
6181Alfred BlueRBLSU
6211Jay ProschFBAuburn
7216Andre HalCBVanderbilt
7256Lonnie BallentineFSMemphis

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Indianapolis Colts (Grade: D)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
259Jack MewhortOTOhio State
390Donte MoncriefWRMississippi
5166Jonathan NewsomeDEBall State
6203Andrew JacksonILBWestern Kentucky
7232Ulrick JohnOTGeorgia State

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Jacksonville Jaguars (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
13Blake BortlesQBCentral Florida
239Marqise LeeWRUSC
261Allen RobinsonWRPenn State
393Brandon LinderOGMiami
4114Aaron ColvinCBOklahoma
5144Telvin SmithILBFlorida State
5159Chris SmithDEArkansas
6205Luke BowankoCVirginia
7222Storm JohnsonRBCentral Florida

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Kansas City Chiefs (Grade: C+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
123Dee FordDEAuburn
387Phillip GainesCBRice
4124De'Anthony ThomasRBOregon
5163Aaron MurrayQBGeorgia
6193Zach FultonOGTennessee
6200Laurent Duvernay-TardifOTMcGill

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Miami Dolphins (Grade: C+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
119Ja'Wuan JamesOTTennessee
263Jarvis LandryWRLSU
367Billy TurnerOTNorth Dakota State
4125Walt AikensCBLiberty
5155Arthur LynchTEGeorgia
5171Jordan TrippOLBMontana
6190Matt HazelWRCoastal Carolina
7234Terrence FedeDEMarist

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Minnesota Vikings (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
19Anthony BarrOLBUCLA
132Teddy BridgewaterQBLouisville
372Scott CrichtonDEOregon State
396Jerick McKinnonRBGeorgia Southern
5145David YankeyOGStanford
6182Antone ExumCBVirginia Tech
6184Kendall JamesCBMaine
7220Shamar StephenDTConnecticut
7223Brandon WattsOLBGeorgia Tech
7225Jabari PriceCBNorth Carolina

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New England Patriots (Grade: B-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
129Dominique EasleyDTFlorida
262Jimmy GaroppoloQBEastern Illinois
4105Bryan StorkCFlorida State
4130Jame WhiteRBWisconsin
4140Cameron FlemmingOTStanford
6179Jon HalapioOGFlorida
6198Zach MooreDEConcordia-St. Paul
6206Jemea ThomasCBGeorgia Tech
7234Jeremy GallonWRMichigan

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New Orleans Saints (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
120Brandin CooksWROregon State
258Stanley Jean-BaptisteCBNebraska
4126Khairi ForttILBCalifornia
5167Vinnie SunseriSSAlabama
5169Ronald PowellOLBFlorida
6202Tavon RooksOTKansas State

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New York Giants (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
112Odell Beckham Jr.WRLSU
243Weston RichburgCColorado State
374Jay BromleyDTSyracuse
4113Andre WilliamsRBBoston College
5152Nat BerheSSSan Diego State
5174Devon KennardOLBUSC
6187Bennett JacksonCBNotre Dame

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New York Jets (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
118Calvin PryorFSLouisville
249Jace AmaroTETexas Tech
380Dexter McDougleCBMaryland
4104Jalen SaundersWROklahoma
4115Shaq EvansWRUCLA
4137Dakota DozierOTFurman
5154Jeremiah GeorgeILBIowa State
6195Brandon DixonCBNorthwest Missouri State
6209Quincy EnunwaWRNebraska
6210IK EnemkpaliDELouisiana Tech
6213Tajh BoydQBClemson
7233Trevor ReillyOLBUtah

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Oakland Raiders (Grade: B+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
15Khalil MackOLBBuffalo
236Derek CarrQBFresno State
381Gabe JacksonOGMississippi State
4107Justin EllisDTLouisiana Tech
4116Keith McGillCBUtah
7219Travis CarrieCBOhio
7235Shelby HarrisDEIllinois St.
7247Jonathan DowlingSSWestern Kentucky

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Philadelphia Eagles (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
126Marcus SmithOLBLouisville
242Jordan MatthewsWRVanderbilt
386Josh HuffWROregon
4101Jaylen WatkinsCBFlorida
5141Taylor HartDEOregon
5162Ed ReynoldsFSStanford
7224Beau AllenDTWisconsin

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Pittsburgh Steelers (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
115Ryan ShazierOLBOhio State
246Stephon TuittDENotre Dame
397Dri ArcherRBKent State
4118Martavis BryantWRClemson
5157Shaquille RichardsonCBArizona
5173Wesley JohnsonOTVanderbilt
6192Jordan ZumwaltILBUCLA
6215Daniel McCullersDTTennessee
7230Rob BlanchflowerTEMassachusetts

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San Diego Chargers (Grade: B)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
125Jason VerrettCBTCU
250Jeremiah AttaochuOLBGeorgia Tech
389Chris WattOGNotre Dame
5165Ryan CarrethersDTArkansas State
6201Marion GriceRBArizona State
7240Tevin ReeseWRBaylor

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San Francisco 49ers (Grade: A)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
130Jimmie WardSSNorthern Illinois
257Carlos HydeRBOhio State
370Marcus MartinCUSC
377Chris BorlandILBWisconsin
3100Brandon ThomasOTClemson
4106Bruce EllingtonWRSouth Carolina
4129Dontae JohnsonCBNorth Carolina State
5150Aaron LynchDESouth Florida
5170Keith ReaserCBFlorida Atlantic
6180Kenneth AckerCBSMU
7243Kaleb RamseyDEBoston College
7245Trey MillardFBOklahoma

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Seattle Seahawks (Grade: B-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
245Paul RichardsonWRColorado
264Justin BrittOTMissouri
4108Cassius MarshDEUCLA
4123Kevin NorwoodWRAlabama
4132Kevin Pierre-LouisOLBBoston College
5172Jimmy StatenDTMiddle Tennessee State
6199Garrett ScottOTMarshall
6208Eric PinkinsFSSan Diego State
7227Kiero SmallRBArkansas

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St. Louis Rams (Grade: A)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
12Greg RobinsonOTAuburn
113Aaron DonaldDTPittsburgh
241Lamarcus JoynerCBFlorida State
375Tre MasonRBAuburn
4110Mo AlexanderSSUtah State
6188E.J. GainesCBMissouri
6214Garrett GilbertQBSMU
7226Mitchell Van DykOTPortland St.
7241C.B. BryantFSOhio State
7249Michael SamDEMissouri
7250Demetrius RhaneyCTennessee St.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Grade: A-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
17Mike EvansWRTexas A&M
238Austin Seferian-JenkinsTEWashington
369Charles SimsRBWest Virginia
5143Kadeem EdwardsOGTennessee St.
5149Kevin PamphileOTPurdue
6185Robert HerronWRWyoming

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Tennessee Titans (Grade: B-)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
111Taylor LewanOTMichigan
254Bishop SankeyRBWashington
4112DaQuan JonesDTPenn State
4122Marqueston HuffFSWyoming
5152Avery WilliamsonILBKentucky
6178Zach MettenbergerQBLSU

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Washington Redskins (Grade: C+)
RoundPickSelectionPositionCollege
247Trent MurphyOLBStanford
366Morgan MosesOTVirginia
378Spencer LongOGNebraska
4102Bashaud BreelandCBClemson
5142Ryan GrantWRTulane
6186Lache SeastrunkRBBaylor
7217Ted BolserTEIndiana
7228Zach HockerKArkansas

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Team That Turned Into A Playoff Contender: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This was a close race between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St. Louis Rams, but the former gets the edge simply because it doesn't have to play in a division that also features the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

The Buccaneers knew they had to follow a blueprint at wide receiver to take advantage of Josh McCown's strengths, which is simply throwing the ball up to big players who can catch it away from their body. 

Not only did Lovie Smith get 6'4" Mike Evans in the first round, but the addition of 6'5" Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second round gives McCown three massive red-zone options that no one in the NFC South is going to match up with. 

Andrew Astleford of Fox Sports Florida had this note on Seferian-Jenkins after the Bucs made him the 38th overall pick, comparing his game to another prominent NFC South tight end: 

Tampa Bay also got some help on the interior offensive line with Kadeem Edwards, who isn't technically sound but packs a wallop at the point of attack. 

The division is up for grabs. No one expects Carolina to be as good as it was last year with a new receiving corps. New Orleans had to get rid of some quality talent (Darren Sproles, Jonathan Vilma, Malcolm Jenkins, et al.) because of salary cap constraints. 

Atlanta's the most dangerous team in the division, but it has to prove its key players can stay healthy and a new-look offensive line can protect Matt Ryan

At the very least, Tampa Bay will be interesting because of Evans, Seferian-Jenkins and Vincent Jackson. 

 

Playoff Contender That Hurt Itself: Indianapolis Colts

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If you want to know the value of a quarterback in the NFL, look at the Indianapolis Colts. This team has done a poor job of building around Andrew Luck since taking him No. 1 overall in 2012. 

The Colts have found a very good wide receiver in T.Y. Hilton, and Coby Fleener got better in his second season, but last year provided a whole lot of nothing. First-round pick Bjoern Werner came into the NFL as a project and lived up to that billing with just 2.5 sacks in 13 games. 

The best players on the team not named Luck are 33-year-old Robert Mathis and 35-year-old Reggie Wayne, who tore his ACL last October. 

This draft doesn't look like it's going to provide much help, though the problems didn't start this weekend. Indianapolis' draft botching began last September when it traded a first-round pick for Trent Richardson

There's always value in having a quality running back, though Richardson hasn't proven himself to be that, but the 49ers got Carlos Hyde, widely considered the best back in this draft, in the second round. 

Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan noted how poor a job the Colts did even addressing their biggest needs:

This year, the Colts drafted a speed wide receiver who doesn't show the ability to run routes and has questionable ball skills, didn't find anyone to replace Antoine Bethea and added just two offensive linemen. 

 

Most Improved Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

 

It's almost too easy to pick on Jacksonville. This is the second time in four years the Jags have drafted a quarterback in the top 10 and Justin Blackmon, the fifth pick in 2012, doesn't seem likely to play for them ever again. 

There were skeptics who scoffed when the Jaguars took Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick, either because they don't like his potential or were drawn in by the shiny allure of Johnny Manziel, but ESPN's Chris Mortensen pointed out that the foundation looks strong:

Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson give Bortles two outside weapons to throw to, which NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah notes takes advantage of Bortles' strength at college:

The Jags also found excellent value later in the draft with interior offensive lineman Brandon Linder and cornerback Aaron Colvin, who had second-round potential before an ACL injury.

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